In Tune with the Earth
Psalm 98 (NRSVA)
1 O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvellous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gained him victory.
2 The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
8 Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
9 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
During the pandemic one of the things I missed most is going to gigs and concerts to experience live music.
I say experience live music because it is experiential. Music has the power to connect us to our emotions,
to our past,
to our present,
to our dreams of the future,
to our ancestors,
Throughout the lockdown I’ve been longing to feel again the vibrations of the instruments starting in my feet then travelling up through my body, through every muscle, every bone, every cell.
I’ve longed to see and feel the notes wash over me, wave, after wave, after wave.
To see the colour and feel the emotion of the music.
To feel the pulse the beating, of life itself.
Throughout lockdown I’ve had to fill this longing elsewhere; in the songs of the birds, in the dancing branches of the trees, in the thunder of hooves running up the field, in the flutter of tiny butterfly wings as they caress my skin. Seeking and finding the music of life.
Help us to see, hear and feel the music of your creation,
the rhythm of life that surrounds us,
the hum of the earth,
the colour all around us.
Open our mouths and free our voices
to sing in praise of your love that is all around us